Who is God our Judge? Often judgment has a negative connotation, but looking at Psalm 36 and 2 Peter helps us to see that there are two sides to judgment, a negative side, and a positive side.
5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.
Psalm 36: 5-6
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.
2 Peter 2:4-9
Who is God our Judge? Often judgment has a negative connotation, but looking at the two passages above helps us to see that there are two sides to judgment, a negative side, and a positive side.
For the Godly, God's judgment is a blessing. Your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. (Psalm 36:6b) Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment. (2 Peter 4:9)
God, our Judge, protects and helps us as Christians; we never have to fear being judged or found guilty of something we never did. Also, we know that God judges perfectly; no one gets away with anything, even though it may look like they do now. In God's final day of judgment, everyone, the righteous and the wicked will receive God's perfect sentence of life or death.
In 2 Peter 2, we understand that God will judge man; God did not spare the angels who sinned, and He did not spare the unrighteous people who laughed and jeered at Noah as he built the ark. When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire, Peter tells us that God was giving us a picture of what would happen to the wicked on the day of judgment.
Remember, in spite of everything we hear from those around us, the Bible is the only true and faithful guide that will lead us to Christ. Read the Bible, memorize Bible passages, and pray that God would reveal to you, through the Holy Spirit, the truths found within its pages. God our Judge is our only hope.
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